Port Vale v Rochdale preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Rochdale at Vale Park.

Last Updated: 05/11/12 at 18:03   

Loft: Pushing for a start

Loft: Pushing for a start

Port Vale have no new problems as they prepare to resume league action on home soil.

The Valiants managed to get through their FA Cup first round tie at Forest Green without any more injury or suspension issues.

Doug Loft made his return from a calf injury as a second half substitute against the Conference club and the captain may be ready to return to the starting line-up.

Ben Williamson staked his claim for a starting berth with another goal from the bench on Saturday to send Vale through to the second round.

Darren Murphy, Chris Shuker, Kingsley James and Ryan Lloyd are also options for manager Micky Adams.

Centre-half John McCombe will serve the second game of a three-match suspension.

Rochdale have no new injuries to contend with.

Bobby Grant suffered a minor knock during Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup first-round draw at Morecambe but is fit to continue in attack.

Ray Putterill is nearing a return from his groin injury but Saturday's trip to Wycombe is a more realistic target for the midfielder.

John Coleman's Dale lie ninth in the table, one point shy of the League Two play-off places, and have enjoyed greater success on their travels so far this term.

Of Rochdale's six wins in the league this season, four have come on the road but they were beaten last time out away from Spotland at Plymouth.

Long-term injury victims Reece Gray (broken leg) and Matt Edwards (wrist) remain sidelined.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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